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Angela Meyer’s Moon Sugar
When Josh goes missing in Europe Mila follows him to try and uncover what has happened and what she has lost. There she meets Kyle, and together the two follow in Josh’s footsteps and try to make sense of his final days…
39 min
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Book Club - Holly Throsby’s Clarke
In a nondescript street in Clarke (a city since the seventies) Barney Clarke (no relation) is woken by a knock on the door. A veritable platoon of police have arrived to execute a search warrant on his house and backyard. Next door Leonie observes the police’s arrival, thinking to herself that they are six years too late to help her missing friend Ginny Lawson.
4 min
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Siang Lu’s The Whitewash
The Whitewash is the unofficial history of the rise and fall of Brood Empire detailing not only the film’s unseemly demise but its origins in the anals of racist representation of Asia and Asians throughout 20th century filmmaking.
48 min
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Book Club Redux - Anthony Sharwood's The Brumby...
Anthony Sharwood is a Walkley Award-winning journalist. He loves the high country as evidenced in his 2020 book From Snow to Ash, and his 2021 book The Brumby Wars. The Brumby Wars chronicles the history of the ongoing battles between supporters of wild horses in the Australian Bush (known as Brumbies) and those who see the destruction they cause to fragile ecosystems and want to see them controlled.
5 min
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Sulari Gentil’s The Woman in the Library
Today I’m joined on the show by Sulari Gentil. In her new novel The Woman in the Library Sulari Gentill is crafting a new novel about bestselling Australian crime author Hannah Tigone, who is crafting a new novel about neophyte Australian crime writer Winifred Kincaid who just might be crafting a novel about yet another crime writer except that she’s gotten herself stuck in a real life mystery!
59 min
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Book Club - Vikki Wakefield’s After You Were Gone
Abbie isn’t a bad mum. Like so many parents she is exhausted, overworked, trying her best when one day someone takes advantage and steals her daughter Sarah from a busy street market. Six years later and Abbie has another life. She can never move on from that tragic day but she is trying. That is until a phone call offers the tantalizing hope; knowledge of Sarah. All Abbie has to do is blow up her life… Vikki Wakefield is a celebrated author of young adult fiction. After You Were Gone is her first foray into ‘adult’ fiction and fans of her writing will recognise the tense realism and sharply drawn characters that infuse her work.
4 min
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Paul Daley’s Jesustown
Paul Daley's new novel Jesustown is a compelling narrative that forces a lens up to colonial and contemporary attitudes towards First Nations Peoples. As Patrick Renmark lands in the remote former mission town of Jesustown, he is a broken man. He accepts he is the author of his own destruction; an affair that blew up into the public eye has caused a cascade of events that have destroyed his entire world. With nowhere else to turn, Patrick begrudgingly accepts the commission to tell the story of his Grandfather Nathaniel Renmark. A commission that sees Patrick returning to Jesustown and facing another shame that drove him away decades before.
55 min
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Maryam Master’s No Words
Year Six is meant to be a time of change; taking on new challenges a conquering. Hero has always struggled to live up to her name, but this time she has to remind herself it’s not about her. Her friend Aria is being bullied by the biggest doofus in the school and it’s up to Hero and Jaz to help him. Aria can’t talk, at least he doesn’t talk at school and that means there’s a lot Hero doesn’t know about him yet. Aria’s past is a part of the reason. He arrived in Australia having lost so much. There’s nothing Hero can do to change the past but maybe together they can all conquer the future. Join me as we discover Maryam Master’s No Words...
35 min
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Book Club - Nina Kenwood’s Unnecessary Drama
Today I’m going rom-com because after finally seeing a bit of sun over the weekend it’s looking like the rain and cold might be setting in again. And so what better to remind us that despite the rain there’ll be sun again than a genre that always has the sun come out at the end. Nina Kenwood’s Unnecessary Drama is the exact right balance of the aforementioned drama and dappled sunshine to see me through till the next five minutes of spring.
4 min
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Holden Sheppard’s The Brink
School’s out and Perth’s leavers are descending on the coast. Leonardo doesn’t love that he’s found himself in the back of Jared’s 4WD. They haven’t been friends since high school started but since Leonardo’s so-called friends ditched on him he hasn’t got much choice. So now he’s stuck with Jared, Mason, Valentina and just about every other person who made his life hell at high school When their holiday accommodation decides to turn Leavers away, the group are in search of a new place to party. The Brink is an isolated community, famous for its insularity and not known for welcoming outsiders. When Ryan gets them in with a guy called Machete Max, who rents them some cabins, it all seems too good to be true; a week on Brink Island. No adults, no rules, no consequences. But you know what they say about things that are too good to be true… And there are always consequences.
31 min
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Book Club - Angela Meyer’s Moon Sugar
Moon Sugar is a beautiful expansive novel of love, both for others and ourselves, that melds the corporeal with the fantastic in a way we should all hope to discover.
4 min
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Neverlanders from Tom Taylor and Jon Sommariva
Neverlanders introduces the reader to a group of homeless kids, the Lost Ones, who are about to have their whole world change when they meet Paco. The Lost Ones are canny and self reliant, they can look after themselves but there’s no sense that their lives are moving forward. Paco wants to offer them a deal; a world just for them, a place where they can thrive. But it’s a world under threat and the Lost Ones will have to learn pretty quickly whether have what it takes to save it…
28 min
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Book Club - Eliza Henry-Jones’ Salt and Skin
Salt and Skin is a story about place. It is firmly grounded in our experience of environmental tragedy. Through the evolving stories of Luda, Min, Darcy and Theo we see our own connections and must confront that we don’t live apart from our world but are in fact there in it, even as it crumbles beneath us.
4 min
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Radiothon - Happy Birthday 2ser
For nearly thirty years Final Draft has found its home at 2ser 107.3. 2ser is a Community Radio Station broadcasting from Sydney, Australia. Today's special bonus episode is a little look at the history of 2ser and a big Happy Birthday for Radiothon.
11 min
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Book Club - School Holiday Reading Recommendations
This week on book club we're helping you with your school holiday fun with some reading recommendations and a fantastic exhibition to share the love of reading with young and old.
4 min
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National Young Writers Festival Preview with Ja...
The National Young Writers’ Festival is an annual gathering of young writers. A place for them to showcase their work, share ideas, and learn. 2022 sees NYWF as a hybrid festival, with both in person and online events.
15 min
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Book Club - Jasmine Seymour’s Open Your Heart t...
Jasmine Seymour is a Dharug woman, a language teacher and language activist. Open Your Heart to Country offers young readers the chance to discover the ideas and language of the Dharug people wrapped up in the spectacular visuals of Jasmine's art.
4 min
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CBCA Winner - Shirley Marr's All Four Quarters ...
CBCA Winner Shirley Marr joins us to discuss her book A Glasshouse of Stars, winner of the Early Childhood Prize at the Children's Book Council Awards, as well as her new book All Four Quarters of the Moon
34 min
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CBCA Winner - Andrea Rowe’s Jetty Jumping
CBCA Winner Andrea Rowe joins us to discuss her book Jetty Jumping, winner of the Early Childhood Prize at the Children's Book Council Awards
11 min
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Book Club - Siang Lu’s The Whitewash
Today I have got something truly unique; thought provoking, puzzling, laugh out loud funny. Siang Lu’s The Whitewash might just be the whole package
4 min
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Vikki Petraitis’ The Unbelieved
A woman stumbles out of a bar, unsteady on her feet. A man has followed her out but as he grabs at her it’s clear he’s not there help… A string of drink spiking incidents in bars around Deception Bay points to a serial rapist. So why isn’t anyone joining the dots? Detective sergeant Antigone Pollard has seen this before. It’s the case that drove her out of Melbourne. Can she take on the system that says it’s all a bit of fun and boys will be boys? Can she help the women of Deception Bay protect themselves?
64 min
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Book Club - Paul Daley's Jesustown
Jesustown is a fascinating examination of colonial legacy and contemporary responsibility. It holds a light up to the crimes of the past and leaves the reader in no doubt that there is much to recompense.
4 min
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Yassmin Abdul Magied's Talking About a Revolution
Yasmin Abdel Magied is an engineer who has run oil and gas rigs, a formula one mechanic, a social advocate and a writer, novelist and public intellectual. Her new book Talking About a Revolution collects essays, writings and speeches from the past ten years.
51 min
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Book Club - Sulari Gentill's The Woman in the L...
Sulari Gentill’s The Woman in the Library takes us into the fictional world of Hannah Tigone, bestselling Australian crime writer. And Hannah Tigone takes us into the fictional world of Winifred Kincaid, Australian writer in residence in Boston, working hard to plot out her new novel.Winifred is in the Boston Public Library when a blood curdling scream throws her into the path of Cain, Whit and Marigold and together they form a bond that just might throw them into the path of a killer.Hannah is meanwhile crafting Winifred’s story in correspondence with Leo, a super fan of dubious social acumen.Keeping up so far?Sulari’s whodunnits are delightful riffs on crime conventions and an absolute blast to try and figure out. They take us into the world of the writer and often blur (or perhaps I should say cross) the lines between where the story ends and reality begins.
4 min
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Matthew Ryan Davies' Things We Bury
It’s a sad fact that tragedy brings us together. Dane, Jac, and Josh don’t get together as much as they should. Spread out across the country; Jac in Sydney, Josh all over the country as his TV work takes him and Dane, who never left Pent. It just never seems like there’s enough time. Now the siblings must converge on their hometown after their father is in a car accident that leaves him in a coma. It’s not just the accident. Each of the siblings has their own drama eating away at their peace. The reunion isn’t destined to go smoothly. Pent is no longer the same town they grew up in, but the ghosts of the past still rest there. While their father remains in a coma, questions emerge that have them wondering if there is more to his accident that they first assumed. What had been happening in their dad’s life that could lead him to do something desperate? Join me as we discover Matthew Ryan Davies’s Things We Bury...
46 min
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Book Club - Shirley Marr's All Four Quarters of...
All Four Quarters of the Moon takes us into the world of Peijing as she and her family prepare to migrate to Australia for her father’s work. In Singapore Peijing understood how everything worked; her Ba-Ba worked hard seven days a week, her Ma-MA worked to raise the family and her Ah-Ma worked at making delicious mooncakes. Peijing and her little sister Biju worked at creating their little world and populating it with animals both real and mythological, and telling fantastic stories about the animals' lives. In Australia things seem upside down to say the least. Ba-Ba now goes to work for only five days and is wearing a polo shirt. Ma-Ma needs Peijing to translate and is not happy that she is not allowed to bring her daughters lunch at school. And Ah-Ma seems confused and is always asking Peijing her name. Peijing must be strong and honourable for her family but that is not always easy when everything is so new.
4 min
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Georgina Young’s Bootstrap
Georgina Young’s debut novel Loner won the Text Prize for Young Adult novels, was commended by the CBCA as a notable book for older readers, and was shortlisted for a Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Now Georgina is back with her new novel Bootstrap and she’s joining us today on the podcast. Ginsborough’s famous for its chicken and leek pies and not much else. Down the road in Koornang all they’ve got is Al’s Takeaway and Jackson Sweeney is doing his best to sour that reputation. Sweeney’s not languishing in Koornang per se. Languishing sounds way more active than what Sweeney is doing. With nothing but Hooley Dooley’s on a Friday to look forward to (and Sweeney’s pashed most of the available blokes there) life is looking dire. That is until a tall, dark and very out of place bloke named Bootstrap splits into Sweeney’s life saying he’s come to see the night that Sweeney becomes a hero! Join me as we discover Georgina Young’s Bootstrap...
40 min
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Book Club - James O’Loghlin’s Criminals
It seems like just another ordinary day... Sarah is doing bar work at the club. A nice normal job while she’s on stress leaving from her job as a cop. She’s tending bar when a man walks into the club with a shotgun. Mary is just trying to enjoy a quiet drink. She’s always enjoying a quiet drink and doesn’t appreciate the loud man in the balaklava interrupting her reverie. Daydrinking isn’t exactly a long term plan and so Mary decides to do something foolish. And poor Dean. He can’t understand why everybody won’t just get down on the ground and give him the money. He needs this and one big score could set him up for a while. In one brief flurry of activity Criminals throws Sarah, Dean and Mary’s lives together and sets them on a path to explore what it means to be a criminal and how life is more than simply a matter of Black and White.
4 min
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Claire G Coleman’s Enclave *Spoilers Special*
*WARNING SPOILERS* This part of our conversation with Claire contains spoilers for Enclave. Definitely don't tune in until you've read Enclave! What are you waiting for? Go get a copy now! In this special bonus of outtakes from the Enclave interview Claire talks about inspirations for the story, famous fans and the potential for her work to be adapted. Enclave takes us to the community of Safetown. There residents live a comfortable life, secure in the knowledge they are protected by ‘the wall’. Within that concrete edifice security patrol their streets and drones surveil the airway to ensure even the smallest transgression is met with swift consequences. Christine has spent her entire life basking in the comfort her fathers wealth and Safetown’s security provide the daughter of an influential family. Sure her father is a distant figure, her mother a high functioning alcoholic, but they’ve just bought her an apartment and extended her a line of seeming unlimited credit. Safetown was built to protect families like Christine and she should be happy with this safety. Except her best friend Jack is missing and Christine has begun to notice her servants, people who don’t look quite like her… Join as we discover Claire G Coleman’s Enclave. Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
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Claire G Coleman’s Enclave
Enclave takes us to the community of Safetown. There residents live a comfortable life, secure in the knowledge they are protected by ‘the wall’. Within that concrete edifice security patrol their streets and drones surveil the airway to ensure even the smallest transgression is met with swift consequences. Christine has spent her entire life basking in the comfort her fathers wealth and Safetown’s security provide the daughter of an influential family. Sure her father is a distant figure, her mother a high functioning alcoholic, but they’ve just bought her an apartment and extended her a line of seeming unlimited credit. Safetown was built to protect families like Christine and she should be happy with this safety. Except her best friend Jack is missing and Christine has begun to notice her servants, people who don’t look quite like her… Join as we discover Claire G Coleman’s Enclave. Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
37 min
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Book Club - Georgina Young's Bootstrap
Ginsborough’s famous for its chicken and leek pies and not much else. Down the road in Koornang all they’ve got is Al’s Takeaway and Jackson Sweeney is doing his best to sour that reputation. Sweeney’s not languishing in Koornang per se. Languishing sounds way more active than what Sweeney is doing. With nothing but Hooley Dooley’s on a Friday to look forward to (and Sweeney’s pashed most of the available blokes there) life is looking dire. That is until a tall, dark and very out of place bloke named Bootstrap splits into Sweeney’s life saying he’s come to see the night that Sweeney becomes a hero! Book Club is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
4 min
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Lauren Draper’s The Museum of Broken Things
Reece is in limbo, and as far as it goes there are worse places to be stuck than the beachside town of Hamilton. But it’s not just the place Reece is stuck in her memories. Memories of The Terrible Thing Happened and the way it has basically put her life on hold. Maybe she can ride out the last year of school, but fate and a resident shark named Bruce are determined to throw her in the way of Gideon and there’s a whole other set of secrets. Discover Lauren Draper’s The Museum of Broken Things... Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
32 min
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Vale Frank Moorhouse
Frank Moorhouse was an author, journalist and essayist. He is best known for his Edith Trilogy chronicling the life of Edith Campbell Berry and her time as a diplomat around the formation of the League of Nations. Frank was a terrific chronicler and interrogator of Australia and our way of life. Frank died last week at the age of 83. This episode features a conversation with Frank from 2017 where he discussed his essay on the writers life. Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
25 min
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Book Club - Matthew Ryan Davies' Things We Bury
It’s a sad fact that tragedy brings us together. Dane, Jac, and Josh don’t get together as much as they should. Spread out across the country; Jac in Sydney, Josh all over the country as his TV work takes him and Dane, who never left Pent. It just never seems like there’s enough time. Now the siblings must converge on their hometown after their father is in a car accident that leaves him in a coma. It’s not just the accident. Each of the siblings has their own drama eating away at their peace. The reunion isn’t destined to go smoothly. Pent is no longer the same town they grew up in, but the ghosts of the past still rest there. While their father remains in a coma, questions emerge that have them wondering if there is more to his accident that they first assumed. What had been happening in their dad’s life that could lead him to do something desperate?
4 min
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Kate Mildenhall & Katherine Collette hosts of T...
The Final Draft Great Conversations podcast is all about books, writing and literary culture. We're dedicated to exploring Australian writing, looking into the issues that drive our storytelling to discover more from the books you love. These are the stories that make us who we are. In the next instalment of our irregular, ongoing series featuring incredible book podcasts Andrew is joined by Kate Mildenhall & Katherine Collette from The First Time. The First Time is a podcast about publishing a book for the first time. Kate and Katherine describe The First Time as one part reality show, one part writers’ master class, featuring Australian writers and industry insiders, exploring the logistics of publishing a debut.
32 min
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Book Club - Claire G. Coleman's Enclave
In the community of Safetown residents live a comfortable life, secure in the knowledge they are protected by the wall. Within that concrete edifice security patrol their streets and drones surveil the airway to ensure even the smallest transgression is met with swift consequences. Christine has spent her entire life basking in the comfort her fathers wealth and Safetown’s security provide the daughter of an influential family. Sure her father is a distant figure, her mother a high functioning alcoholic, but they’ve just bought her an apartment and extended her a line of seeming unlimited credit. Safetown was built to protect families like Christine and she should be happy with this safety. Except her best friend Jack is missing and Christine has begun to notice her servants, people who don’t look quite like her…
4 min
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Brendan Colley’s The Signal Line
Geo has returned to Tasmania following the death of his father to sell the family home. The triggers a reunion with his brother Wes who has followed in their father’s footsteps becoming a cop. Wes is not having any of Geo’s talk about selling, the house contains too many memories. Geo needs the money to fund his auditions and fulfill his dream of joining a Symphony Orchestra. That dream is Geo’s true a north, a journey that has taken him far from Tasmania. Geo’s arrival sets the stage for an untimely family conflict, one of supernatural proportions. Join me as we discover Brendan Colley’s The Signal Line...
60 min
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Book Club - Yassmin Abdel Magied's Talking Abou...
Yassmin Abdel Magied is a Sudanese Australian writer, recovering mechanical engineer and award-winning social advocate. Yassmin was born in Khartoum, Sudan and her parents moved the family to Australia when Yassmin was a baby. Yassmin is a mechanical engineer who left her dream of working with formula one and worked on oil and gas rigs. Yassmin turned the story of her early life into the successful book Yassmin’s Story, and in some ways Talking About a Revolution is a successor of that book. Yassmin has also penned a middle grade series beginning with You Must Be Layla. Yassmin Abdel Magied is based in London these days after a social media post five years ago went viral for all the wrong reasons, leading to her receiving death threats and having to move house. Never mind the fact that she was raising an important social justice issue. Talking About a Revolution collects essays written around that time as well as across the intervening years, as well as original essays for the collections.
4 min
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Jane Rawson’s A History of Dreams
Adelaide in the 1930’s. Margaret, Esther and Phyllis are studying to be witches under the guidance of their friend Audrey. The friends have founded the Semaphore Supper Club with the dream of changing people’s minds and helping men and women dream of a more equal world. As the group finish school and enter the so-called ‘real world’ they find that society doesn’t want female adventurers and university graduates. It would rather see women at home; married and pregnant. The friends believe they can change their corner of the world, but they are not the only force that wants to manipulate the country's dreams. As a conservative force rises across Australia the people in power turn their attention to women’s place in the world. And these men have very dark dreams indeed about where women fit in. Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
43 min
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Book Club - Sulari Gentill's classic Crossing t...
Madeleine D’Leon is a crime novelist searching for her next big mystery to write. Ned McGinnity is a literary enfant terrible waiting for his muse to strike. Madeleine is intrigued by the voice in her head, could it be her next Detective? He’s a novelist, arrogant, the type who would only write so-called serious literature. Only he’s got himself embroiled in a murder, the sort he would never deem to write but one that he must solve in order to save his friend. Ned doesn’t do genre, wouldn’t stoop to conquer until he stumbles on the almost too delicious temptation of writing a protagonist crime author becoming embroiled in a mystery.
4 min
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Ben McKenzie & Elizabeth Flux hosts of Pratchat
Today Andrew is joined by Ben McKenzie & Elizabeth Flux the hosts of Pratchat
53 min
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Book Club - Brendan Colley’s The Signal Line
Geo has returned to Tasmania following the death of his father. Geo’s back to sell the family home, little realizing that his brother Wes is living there while his marriage breaks down. Wes followed in their father’s footsteps becoming a cop. He’s more like their father than Geo is comfortable with and he’s not having any of Geo’s talk about selling. Geo needs the money to fund his auditions and fulfill his dream of joining a Symphony Orchestra. Their whole family have musical talent but Geo is the one trying to realize his. Geo feels no attachment to Hobart and wants to be rid of the ghosts of his father and the way he treated him. Geo’s arrival sets the stage for an ultimately family conflict… and then a ghost train appears followed closely by an eccentric ghost train hunter.
4 min
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Steve Tolz’s Here Goes Nothing
26 min
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Book Club - Michelle Cahill’s Daisy & Woolf
Daisy & Woolf works itself into the spaces between the seminal Virginia Woolf novel Mrs Dalloway. Woolf’s novel expands across a single day in London society. Clarissa Dalloway embarks to order the flowers. She will host a party that night and she must be prepared. Across the city characters intersect and nearly miss each other in a web of events and reminiscences. One character, remarked upon but who never speaks in Daisy Simmons. It is Daisy who Michelle Cahill rescues from her literary silence to explore her lot and inner world. In doing so Cahill is opening up her novel to the silenced voices of Anglo Indian character who very much occupied Woolf’s mind but failed to feature in her novel. 1924 - Daisy Simmons works to arrange passage from Calcutta to London. She must leave her family, desperate to be reunited with her lover Peter Walsh. It is a journey that demands much from her and will extract a price. What can she expect on the other side of the world and is it worth her exercising this reckless freedom? 2017 - Mina is a writer trying to pull together the threads of Virginia Woolf’s work into a unique novel. Mina wants to restore agency and voice to Daisy, giving her the story Woolf glossed over. As Mina works to free Daisy from her fictional invisibility she must also reconcile herself to the bonds of her own world
4 min
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George Haddad’s Losing Face
Losing Face is a story about Family… Joey’s nineteen; young and directionless. His Tayta Elaine feels old and wonders at the directions her life has taken her in. Elaine worries about where Joey is heading. The friends Joey hangs out with aren’t the sort you bring home to meet your parents, his job isn’t taking him anywhere and his true friends are busy with uni. Joey feels like he has more to offer but he’s a spectator in his own life and that’s about to lead him into a terrible situation, one that will change many lives, a moment that he won’t be able to take back… Discover George Haddad’s Losing Face... Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
40 min
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Book Club - Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler’s Tra...
Deklan Archer, Dek to his friends, arrives at school to news that has shocked the community. Old Mr Henry, infamous for selling sly grog to locals, has been found drowned. To make matters worse, the bus returning the Year Twelve camp is running late. This has got Dek stressed because he and his mates were mucking around near the bus. The cops are talking to everyone and Dek is one of the first students called up. Could Mr Henry’s death be murder, and if so what does that mean for the busload of missing students?
5 min
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Michelle Cahill‘s Daisy & Woolf
1924 - Daisy Simmons works to arrange passage from Calcutta to London. She will leave her family, her life to be reunited with her lover Peter Walsh. 2017 - Mina is trying to write a novel. She will restore agency and voice to Daisy, a woman who was never even given a voice in Virginia Woolf’s seminal novel Mrs Dalloway. As Mina works to free Daisy from her fictional invisibility Mina must also reconcile herself to the bonds of career, family and duty to make peace with the responsibility of a writer bringing life onto the page…
71 min
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Bonus - Sydney Writers Festival Artistic Direct...
Sydney Writers Festival Artistic Director Michael Williams joins Andrew on this special bonus episode Michael has been the director of the Wheeler Centre, a presenter on Radio National and RRR down in Melbourne. Michael joined SWF during the pandemic and has been instrumental in sheparding the festival through that turbulent time Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
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Dinuka McKenzie’s The Torrent
The Final Draft Great Conversations podcast is all about books, writing and literary culture. We're dedicated to exploring Australian writing, looking into the issues that drive our storytelling to discover more from the books you love. These are the stories that make us who we are. Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser. Get in touch with Andrew and Final Draft. We love to hear about what you’re reading!
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Book Club - George Haddad’s Losing Face
George Haddad is an award winning writer from Western Sydney. He won the Viva la Novella for his story Populate or Perish and is a doctoral candidate at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. Losing Face is told between the narrative perspectives of Joey and his Tayta Elaine. Elaine came to Australia as a young wife from her village in Lebanon. Through years of work and raising a family she has confronted the expectations and disdain her adoptive country has heaped on her. Now with her husband gone she lives for her grandsons, although she is not quite sure what Joey is doing with his life. Joey’s nineteen; young enough to feel bulletproof but far enough away from school to wonder if he should be doing more. His friends aren’t everything to him, his job is even less than that but Joey feels like he has more to offer. As Joey drifts from music festivals to cafes and barbershops he wonders whether his life should be more. In doing nothing he is setting himself on a path that finds him in a car full of young men like himself. Men who want more from the world, and in one horrific chain of events try to take it.
3 min
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Fiona Wood’s How to Spell Catastrophe
Nell is going through a lot right now. She’s in Year Six and next everything was going to change anyway, but now her mum has a new boyfriend and they are planning on moving in together, her best friendship is feeling a little cold and her new friend is sometimes mean. Nell’s used to planning for catastrophe’s but now her life is feeling a little out of control and that’s before she starts to look at what’s going on with climate change. Nell is facing down one of the first big changes most younger people face; the transition from primary to high school and she’s doing it in a world with a very uncertain future… Join us as we discover Fiona Wood’s How to Spell Catastrophe...
40 min
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Book Club - Philip Barker's Climb
In Climb we meet Ashley Davies. Ashely has a talent for climbing but so far it’s only proven useful finding the best tree at lunch time and escaping from bullies who insult her brother. Ashley loves her family and her town but now she’s in High school she realises there’s a lot she doesn’t understand. There’s too many secrets in Ashley’s life and no one wants to trust her with the truth. So when a rock-climbing competition offers her the chance to (maybe) get some answers, Ashley decides it might be worth keeping a few secrets of her own…
4 min
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Callan J Mulligan's Astraeus
Callan is a writer of Science Fiction and Thrillers. He’s joining me today with his latest novel Astraeus. Astraeus takes us on board the eponymous world settler starship, where one hundred thousand people are traveling on a one way trip into the Milky Way. When an engineer is murdered the Astraeus finds itself at a turning point. Join me as we discover Callan J Mulligan’s Astaraeus...
29 min
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Philip Barker’s Climb
Ashley Davies has a talent for climbing but so far it’s only useful for hiding out at lunch time and beating bullies who insult her brother. There’s too many secrets in Ashley’s life and no one wants to trust her with the truth. So when a rock-climbing competition offers her the chance to, maybe, get some answers, Ashley decides it might be worth keeping a few secrets of her own… Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
40 min
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Andrew Roff’s The Teeth of a Slow Machine
Andrew Roff is an award winning writer of short stories including the 2020 Peter Carey Short Story Award for his story Bock Bock as well as the 2018 Margaret River Press Short Story Competition for his story Pigface. Both of which appear in his debut collection The Teeth of a Slow Machine. “Sometimes the only way to make things clear is to rearrange the story” The Teeth of a Slow Machine is a delightfully unsettling collection. Offering a kaleidoscopic view, the stories in The Teeth of a Slow Machine seem to exist in a dark underworld with a funhouse mirror view of life. Join Andrew (and Andrew) as they discuss The Teeth of a Slow Machine
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Yumna Kassab’s Australiana
Yumna Kassab is a writer from Western Sydney. Her work has been featured in, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin and the Sydney Morning Herald amongst. He debut book is the critically acclaimed and much prize listed, The House of Youssef. Yumna's her debut novel is Australiana. Australiana writes itself into the fabric of modern Australia. In a town of drought and flood the people have learned to ebb and flow with the whims of nature. Where every face is familiar it is in the details that the stories of life and death occur. Australiana takes the reader to the towns where we live and explores the voices that populate each corner. Yumna Kassab joins Andrew to discuss her new novel Australiana... Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
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Ben Walter's What Fear Was
Ben Walter is an award winning writer of stories, essays and poems. He is the fiction editor of Island magazine and is joining me today with his debut collection of short stories What Fear Was. What Fear Was takes the reader through a diverse set of landscapes and into strange yet familiar spaces. From our relationship to the natural world to natures barely withheld disdain for our mistreatment, and abuse. This collection is a surreal exploration… What Fear Was constantly challenges our sense of where we fit in the world we too-often think we own. Ben Walter joins Andrew to discuss his debut collection of short fiction What Fear Was...
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Book Club - Jane Rawson's A History of Dreams
A History of Dreams transports the reader to Adelaide in the late 1930’s. Margaret, Esther, Phyl and Audrey are finishing high school with dreams of what the future might hold. Margaret wants to attend university but her father forbids it as improper for a young woman. Within their lives and their families, each of the women is constrained in their own way by the society around them. The world seems to be pushing them towards marriage and nuclear families, no matter what they want for themselves. But Audrey has a way to fight back, a secret passed down through generations of spinster women. Audrey is going to teach the others witchcraft!
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Book Club - What is Cli-Fi?
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Jennifer Shahade’s Chess Queens (feat. Bruce Wi...
!!Updated and extended cut - Hear more from Jennifer Shahade about incredible women in Chess!! Jennifer Shahade is a two-time US Women's Chess Champion Chess Queens tells Jennifer's own story alongside those of the top female players from around the world.
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The 2022 Stella Prize Shortlist with Jaclyn Booton
The Stella Prize is now in its tenth year, beginning when a group of women in Australian publishing banded together to address the huge and unacknowledged disparity in the ways women's writing was represented in Australia. Jaclyn Booton is the Executive Director of The Stella Prize and she joins Andrew to talk about the work of The Stella Prize, the recent achievements of the Stella Count and the 2022 Shortlist announcement.
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Emma Viskic's Those Who Perish (feat. Felix Sha...
Deaf PI Caleb Zelic has always been an outsider, estranged from family and friends. But when he receives a message that his brother, Anton, is in danger, Caleb sees it as a chance at redemption. He tracks Anton down to a small, wind-punished island, where secrets run deep and resentments deeper. When a sniper starts terrorising the isolated community, the brothers must rely on each other like never before. But trust comes at a deadly price … Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
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Book Club - Andrew Roff's The Teeth of a Slow M...
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Book Club - Yumna Kassab's Australiana
Australiana takes us to the north-eastern New South Wales region around Tamworth, an area Yumna lived for many years as a teacher. Across diverse and interwoven sections Yumna weaves a tale of a region overwhelmed by drought and struggling to reconcile itself to the threat of oblivion that the lack of rain brings. Book Club is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
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Rhett Davis' Hovering
Alice Wren is mid-flight. At the insistence of an urgent email Alice has fled Berlin, returning to Australia and her hometown of Fraser. After seventeen years the city is not what she remembers. The taxis are blue, her sister resents her disappearance and the nephew she has never met is now almost a man. As for the city of Fraser; it changes daily, shifting, dislocating and rearranging itself in unfathomable ways. Lydia and George don’t know what to make of Alice’s sudden return. Who is this woman who says she is there relative and what is the dark secret she is trying to escape from? Rhett Davis joins Andrew to discuss Hovering... Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
38 min
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Book Club - Festivals are back!
Festivals are back and it's time to get amongst it with like minded book lovers! With book stores featuring author events and Sydney Writers Festival about to drop its 2022 programming the time to read and mingle is now! Blak & Bright Festival was established in Naarm in 2016. Making a triumphant return in 2022, the festival now features a Sydney event!
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Eliza Reilly's Sheilas
With International Women’s Day recently being marked on March 8 it was impossible to go past Eliza Reilly’s new book Sheilas. With the tagline Badass Women of Australian History, Sheilas promises to kick down the doors of history classrooms and rip the stale, pale and male textbooks from your hands delivering a powerful hit of the women that chroniclers of history forget or relegate to the footnotes. Featuring more than a dozen women across a century of Australian History, Sheilas is all the inspiration you need to go out and change your world for the better. Eliza Reilly joins Andrew to discuss Sheilas, Badass Women of Australian History
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Book Club - Eliza Reilly’s Sheilas
Sheila’s presents profiles of prominent women who have played important but often unheralded roles in shaping the world we live in. Beginning in the 1860’s with Mary-Ann Bug; bushranger and highway woman extraordinaire, the book intersperses badass lives with historical tidbits that serve to illuminate just how awful it was to be a woman, let alone a poor woman, or a woman of colour. The thrust of the book is that progress has not been made in a vacuum and is directly the result of people who wouldn’t sit down when they were told.
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Book News - Blak & Bright Festival
Jane Harrison is a playwright, novelist and researcher descended from the Muruwari people. Jane is also the director of Blak & Bright a First Nations Literary Festival based in Naarm (Melbourne). Blak & Bright Festival is making a triumphat return in 2022, and the festival now features a Sydney event! What - Blak & Bright Sydney Satellite event When - Saturday the 19th of March Where - Writing NSW, Callan Park, Balmain Road, Lilyfield Details - blakandbright.com.au
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Maryrose Cuskelly’s The Cane
Sixteen year old Janet McClymont went missing weeks ago and the town of Quala in North Queensland is on edge. Parents are jumping at shadows, ferrying kids to school lest they walk too close to the canefields where Janet disappeared. Every inch of the region has been searched and the worst is feared. Tensions run high as the townspeople watch each other with suspicion. Every man in town has been questioned and while Janet could have been taken by an outsider, the townspeople cannot help but ask; what if the culprit is among them? Join me as we discover Maryrose Cuskelly’s The Cane...
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Book Club - Rhett Davis Hovering
Alice Wren is mid-flight. At the insistence of an urgent email Alice has fled Berlin, returning to Australia and her hometown of Fraser. After seventeen years the city is not what she remembers. The taxis are blue, her sister resents her disappearance and the nephew she has never met is now almost a man. As for the city of Fraser; it changes daily, shifting, dislocating and rearranging itself in unfathomable ways. Lydia and George don’t know what to make of Alice’s sudden return. Lydia retreats into an online sanctuary, craving the predictability and control of her digital garden. George maintains a kind of stoic silence, communicating online through text. It is the only way he can quiet the voices that flow unbidden through his head. Book Club is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
5 min
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Claire G Coleman's Lies Damned Lies
Claire joined Andrew in conversation to discuss the impact of the pandemic on authors whose books have released in the last two years. In the course of their conversation they discuss the ways we interpret and understand history. The impact of wholesale lies being sold as alternate truth and even get into the workings of Claire's writing. Featuring Claire discussing her upcoming novel 'Enclave'! Join Andrew in conversation with Claire G Coleman... Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
48 min
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Vanessa Len’s Only a Monster
Today's show features Vanessa Len discussing her new book Only a Monster Joan was always told her family was different. Every summer she visits her mother’s family in London. From volunteering in her dream job at a museum, to the cute boy she volunteers with her holiday is just about perfect. Except Joan’s got a secret even she doesn’t know. Monsters are real and she is one. What does this mean? Well her date’s not going well and Joan has questions for her grandmother, but that’s all going to have to wait until Joan is done running for her life! Join Andrew in conversation with Vanessa Len... Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
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Book Club - Maryrose Cuskelly’s The Cane
The Cane transports the reader to the Northern Queensland canefields and back in time to the 1970’s. The town of Quala is reeling from the disappearance of sixteen year old Janet McClymont. In the weeks since Janet failed to arrive at her babysitting job the canefields have been repeatedly swept by search parties and every man is the district has been grilled over his whereabouts at the time of her disappearance. Told through a multitude of perspectives, The Cane delves into the psychology of a town on the brink. The questions of whether Janet is alive is almost secondary to the rarely spoken, ‘could have been one of us?’ Book Club is produced and presented by Andrew Pople Want more great conversations with Australian authors? Discover this and many more conversations on Final Draft every week from 2ser.
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Mandy Beaumont's The Furies
The Furies takes us to Queensland in the nineties. Cynthia has watched her family fall apart and is left in a world she does yet understand. Driven by forces outside her understanding she must negotiate a world that is openly hostile to her. Join me as we discover Mandy Beaumont’s The Furies...
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Book Club - Jessica Au’s Cold Enough For Snow
In a very slim volume Cold Enough For Snow covers a lot of ground, both figuratively and metaphorically. The pair of mother and daughter travel around Japan, moving every few days. All the while the narrator is moving through her life and relationships as moments trigger memories. The narrator’s seeming quest has her reaching for moments and experiences and this is contrasted by the more relaxed aura of the mother who is happy to do anything. In these moments we see the narrator reflect on her education and the sacrifices her mother made to provide it. The narrator wants to return some of the wonder she has discovered but also struggles to put into words what that might be.
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Dani Vee host of Words & Nerds
Do you need more books in your life? The depth and variety of Australian publishing is such that there are always more books than we can ever cover on the show. Never fear though, because the strength of Australia's publishing is closely followed by the variety of Aussie book podcasters! In a new segment Andrew will be sitting down with Australian book podcasters to find out a little bit about their shows, what they love to read and how they deal with a book nerds most scandalous problems. Joining Andrew in our first podcaster conversation is Dani Vee host of the Words & Nerds podcast. Renowned for her infectious energy and insightful questions, Dani was a natural debut for our as-yet unnamed new segment! Join Andrew in conversation with Dani Vee... Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
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Jessica Au’s Cold Enough For Snow
In Cold Enough For Snow we join a young woman and her mother on a holiday to Japan. Now living in different cities, the trip is a chance for the two to reconnect and spend time that feels increasingly spare. As they travel from temples and galleries and eat together in restaurants the young woman searches her past looking for a way to understand who she is and how as an adult she relates to her aging mother. Join Andrew in conversation with Jessica Au... Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
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Book Club - Bri Lee's Who Gets to be Smart
Who Gets to Be Smart begins in Oxford. Bri Lee is visiting a friend there on a Rhodes Scholarship. As she wanders the lanes and cobbles of Oxford’s campuses Lee thinks back to Virginia Woolf decrying the iniquity that sees Women scholars living in relative squalor compared to their male peers. Woolf wrote about this iniquity, positing the solution that women needed A Room of One’s Own, and five hundred pound a year. Nearly a century later Bri Lee realises that this is not enough. That equality within the system does not address the systemic privilege and bias that props up the system, creating a framework of elitism that maintains power in the hands of a few. Where Woolf worries about the lack of money for women, Lee questions where the money comes from. In the money and power that prop up the colleges she finds a system of institutionalising education that reinforces the very systems that fund them.
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Katherine Collette’s The Competition
The Competition centres around the Speech Makers annual conference and competition. Frances didn’t enter for the camaraderie, not the opportunity to attend workshops on timing your use of cliches. This year Speech Makers is offering $40,000 to the winner and that would go a long way to setting Frances up and convincing her parents she isn’t failing at life. Keith has mentored Frances in getting this far, but as her competition he can’t reasonably want her to win. The money would be nice, but for Keith the glory of being a Speech Makers champion would finally show people he’s got what it takes. As the competitors line up only to fall each round there’s rumblings that this year there’s more changing in Speech Makers than just prize money. Could it be that the organisation isn’t what it used to be? Join Andrew in conversation with Katherine Collette... Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
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Book Club - Amy Remeikis's On Reckoning
On Reckoning is part of Hachette’s On series. A collection of bite sized books exploring ideas driving our society. In On Reckoning Amy Remeikis explores the evolving public narrative around sexual assault and how survivors of sexual assault are treated. In doing so Remeikis looks at how inadequate our current ways of engaging with sexual assault survivors are and how this inadequacy is leading to a ground swell of anger that is changing the story. Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
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Linda Jaivin’s The Shortest History of China
Linda Jaivin is an internationally published Australian author, translator, essayist, novelist and specialist writer on China. Her new book is The Shortest History of China, and it’s a fabulously readable account of Chinese history that attempts to take us beyond the partisan headlines and explore the story of the most populous nation in the world. Join Andrew in conversation with Linda Jaivin on The Shortest History of China... Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
45 min
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Michael Burge’s Tank Water
James Brandt didn’t look back when he got away from his rural hometown as a teenager. Now, he’s returned to Kippen for the first time in twenty years because his cousin Tony has been found dead under the local bridge. The news that Tony has left him the entire family farm triggers James’s journalistic curiosity – and his anxiety – both of which cropped up during his turbulent journey to adulthood. But it is the unexpected homophobic attack he survives that draws James into a hunt for the reasons one lonely Kippen farm boy in every generation kills himself. Standing in the way is James’s father, the town’s recently retired top cop, who is not prepared to investigate crimes no one reckons have taken place. James must use every newshound’s trick he ever learned in order to uncover the brutal truth. Felix Shannon is in conversation with Michael Burge on Tank Water... Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
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Michelle de Kretser's Scary Monsters
Michelle de Kretser is the author of nine books. She has won the Miles Franklin award twice for Questions of Travel and The Life to Come. Michelle’s new novel is the wonderfully unsettling Scary Monsters Lili is teaching in southern France in the 1980’s. It’s a thrifty life but she is striving to be like her hero Simone de Beauvoir, strong, independent and free. All around her she sees the divides in society, watching the treatment of African immigrants and wondering at the protections her Australian passport provides her. In a too-near future, Lyle negotiates life both within and without Australian society. Islam is banned and repatriation laws leave three quarters of the population in a state of tense anticipation. Lyle and his family work to be model citizens; virtually invisible to the state. But constant vigilance is not easy and Lyle has dreams. Can he overcome the quirks of family and relationship to climb the social ladder - a perfect quiet Australian. Final Draft is produced and presented by Andrew Pople
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Michelle Kalus and Ali Berg's Fancy Meeting Yo...
In Fancy Meeting You Here... Evie Berry worries about her chances of finding romance after thirty. She’s the co-host of Pasta-la-Visita, a podcast for fans of romance movies but can’t seem to find the meet cute she dreams about. Evie’s hung up on Hugo Hearst, the gorgeous auteur of her favourite novel and film. If only they’d run into each other when he was a struggling writer haunting local cafes. Perhaps it just wasn’t meant to be, until a psychic flips Evie ten years into her past, Now Evie has everything she needs to find Hugo and win his heart. Just like in the movies right?! Join Andrew as he talks with Ali and Michelle about Fancy Meeting You Here
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Book Club - Merry Xmas from Andrew & Final Draft
For the final book club of the year Andrew sat down after listening to Xmas music to reflect on the way we tell Xmas stories. Whether you celebrate the holiday or just need a break after the year that was, Xmas stories celebrate our survival and our coming together. However you are spending the holiday, we wish you happy reading and and a safe denouement to the year!
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Omar Musa’s Killernova
Omar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, poet and hip hop artist. His debut novel Here Come the Dogs was longlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin award. Omar is celebrated for his Slam Poetry and spoken word and today joins us with a unique new collection. Killernova combines poetry and woodcarving allowing Omar to explore his heritage and the ongoing tension that exists within Australia and around the world, between indigenous peoples and colonialism. Join me as we discover Omar Musa ’s Killernova...
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Book Club - Michelle Kalus and Ali Berg's Fancy...
We are absolutely at the book end of the year. And I don’t mean that simply as a kind of fun book pun (although it did inadvertently turn out that way). No I meant that this is the time of the year when you finally have the time to do a little reading, our best of lists are coming out (does anyone want a book club best of btw?) and we are buying and reading Xmas stories. Now ghosts and tiny tims are all well and good, but we have a plethora of Xmas tales to contend with and when the book I’ve selected for this week ended up with a little bit of December in it I got to thinking; could this be a Xmas story? What even is a Xmas story? A quick Google pointed me in the direction of nostalgia and holiday hijinks. There has to be a complication but it all gets resolved, and much like Austen, a wedding at the end (or at least a heretofore unlikely snog) doesn’t hurt. And so I present you Michelle Kalus and Ali Berg's Fancy Meeting You Here
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Jennifer Down’s Bodies of Light (Part Two)
Make sure you catch Part One of this chat with Jennifer Down before diving in! Holly has a simple, but happy life. It’s uncomplicated for a reason and Holly would prefer it stay that way. When a message out of the blue drags Holly into her past, she is shaken. She felt she had escaped, buried the ghosts and become a new person. No one should know who Maggie is but now Holly is faced with the woman she used to be. Trauma is rarely far from the surface and we are thrown into Maggie’s life to revisit all the events that have brought her to where she is today and once caused her to disappear. Join me as we discover Jennifer Down ’s Bodies of Light...
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Jennifer Down’s Bodies of Light (Part One)
Holly has a simple, but happy life. It’s uncomplicated for a reason and Holly would prefer it stay that way. When a message out of the blue drags Holly into her past, she is shaken. She felt she had escaped, buried the ghosts and become a new person. No one should know who Maggie is but now Holly is faced with the woman she used to be. Trauma is rarely far from the surface and we are thrown into Maggie’s life to revisit all the events that have brought her to where she is today and once caused her to disappear. Join me as we discover Jennifer Down ’s Bodies of Light...
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Book Club - Jennifer Down's Bodies of Light
Holly has a simple, but happy life. It’s uncomplicated for a reason and Holly would prefer it stay that way. When a message out of the blue drags Holly into her past, she is shaken. She felt she had escaped, buried the ghosts and become a new person. No one should know who Maggie is but now Holly is faced with the woman she used to be. Trauma is rarely far from the surface and we are thrown into Maggie’s life to revisit all the events that have brought her to where she is today and once caused her to disappear. Bodies of Light is a complex and painstakingly realised portrait of a woman. While it is true for any life, in Maggie we see the myriad tragedies and small joys that have dragged up from childhood, through adolescence to become an adult.
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Dr Denise Chapman - On Diversity & Representati...
Here on Final Draft each week I speak with Australian writers and we explore the ways their stories reflect, explode or are just in conversation with our everyday world. A central thesis is that stories play an integral role in the ways we make sense of our world. Dr Denise Chapman joins us to discuss why representation in literature matters and challenge us to think about what it means when you can't see yourself in the books you read.
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Inga Simpson's The Last Woman in the World
Rachel leads a reclusive life on the land. She has an art studio where she blows exquisite collectors pieces. Her daily needs are delivered to her and the isolation is both a boon and a protection from a world that has become too overwhelming. Rachel has cut herself from the daily news cycle of fire, flood and disease. It’s an unchanging litany of destruction that she cannot bear and while the world seemed hellbent on destruction she didn’t expect anything to suddenly change. Rachel is content in her isolation until one night a young mother and her child come knocking. They shouldn’t be there and their mere presence shatters Rachel’s peace. When Hannah reveals they are on the run that it is all gone, Rachel realises the world has seemingly self-destructed… Join me as we discover Inga Simpson ’s The Last Woman in the World...
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Book Club - Inga Simpson's The Last Woman in th...
Rachel leads a reclusive life on the land. She has an art studio where she blows exquisite collectors pieces. Her daily needs are delivered to her and the isolation is both a boon and a protection from a world that has become too overwhelming. Rachel has cut herself from the daily news cycle of fire, flood and disease. It’s an unchanging litany of destruction that she cannot bear and while the world seemed hellbent on destruction she didn’t expect anything to suddenly change. Rachel is content in her isolation until one night a young mother and her child come knocking. They shouldn’t be there and their mere presence shatters Rachel’s peace. When Hannah reveals they are on the run that it is all gone, Rachel realises the world has seemingly self-destructed…
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Mark Smith's If Not Us (Part Two)
The beautiful coastal town of Shelbourne is full of contradictions. For seventeen year old Hesse it’s the only home he knows. Hesse lives for the waves that break off the myriad banks and reefs along the coast. Hesse works at the local surf shop and doesn’t need much else. But just outside the town is the Hadron open cut mine and power station. Hadron employs most of the town and they fund all the local sports teams and the surf club. Hesse hadn’t given much thought to the power station and what it’s putting into the air. His mum’s a nurse and she knows that there’s more than the usual amount of respiratory disease in the local area. Imogen’s also a part of the local climate action group and Hesse is about to learn first hand the dangers to his beloved coast. In part two of the conversation we explore Hesse's growing activism and the ways masculinity plays into our social
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Mark Smith’s If Not Us (Part One)
The beautiful coastal town of Shelbourne is full of contradictions. For seventeen year old Hesse it’s the only home he knows. Hesse lives for the waves that break off the myriad banks and reefs along the coast. Hesse works at the local surf shop and doesn’t need much else. But just outside the town is the Hadron open cut mine and power station. Hadron employs most of the town and they fund all the local sports teams and the surf club. Hesse hadn’t given much thought to the power station and what it’s puting into the air. His mum’s a nurse and she knows that there’s more than the usual amount of respiratory disease in the local area. Imogen’s also a part of the local climate action group and Hesse is about to learn first hand the dangers to his beloved coast. Join me as we discover Mark Smith ’s If Not Us...
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Book Club - Mark Smith's If Not Us
Mark’s new novel is If Not Us and it follows in the Winter Trilogy’s footsteps of smart storytelling focussed on the resourcefulness of his young protagonists and the sort of hope we can place in future generations. The beautiful coastal town of Shelbourne is full of contradictions. For seventeen year old Hesse it’s the only home he knows. Hesse lives for the waves that break off the myriad banks and reefs along the coast. Hesse works at the local surf shop and doesn’t need much else. But just outside the town is the Hadron open cut mine and power station. Hadron employs most of the town and they fund all the local sports teams and the surf club. Hesse hadn’t given much thought to the power station and what it’s puting into the air. His mum’s a nurse and she knows that there’s more than the usual amount of respiratory disease in the local area. Imogen’s also a part of the local climate action group and Hesse is about to learn first hand the dangers to his beloved coast. The first thing If Not Us hits you with is the small town vibe. Hesse biking to the beach and back is all I needed to feel the sand between my toes and know that this is one of those special places. Through Hesse’s naive perspective we almost come to believe that life could be a little bit of work and lots of waves. When Hesse lines up that first wave you could just imagine one clean ride straight in to the beach. That’s until a local drops in on him and knocks him out for his trouble. The peace of the ocean can’t account for human damage and Hesse knows if he wants something he has to fight for it.
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Kay Kerr's Social Queue
Zoe life is looking up. High school’s over and she’s landed her dream job, interning at online media company Bubble. Getting here took work though. High school left Zoe burnt out, she was bullied because she’s autistic, and even without the bullying sometimes it was all too much attention, too much misplaced sympathy for her neurodiversity. Zoe knows she missed out on some stuff. So when the opportunity comes to write about navigating the world of online dating Zoe can barely imagine what’s in store for her! Embarking on a series of dates to unlock the social secrets of modern love, Zoe is challenging herself to really think about what she wants in a friend and a partner. Join me as we discover Kay Kerr ’s Social Queue...
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Book Club - Anthony Sharwood's The Brumby Wars
Today I’ve brought you The Brumby Wars - The Battle for the Soul of Australia by Anthony Sharwood Anthony is a Walkley Award-winning journalist. He loves the high country and his 2020 book From Snow to Ash, is a love letter to the Australian High Country. The Brumby Wars is his third book and it takes in the history and scope of the ongoing battles between supporters of wild horses in the Australian Bush and those who see the destruction they cause to fragile ecosystems. The book takes an open approach to the debate, trying to hear all sides. Sharwood confronts the challenges of confronting and contrasting the scientific and ecological understanding of feral horses with the cultural understanding of Brumbies. With surveys noting that 78% of Victorians didn’t know that Brumbies were listed by Parks Victoria as pests Sharwood comes to the conclusion that “Mythology has become reality” and the power of storytelling has overtaken the reality of what is happening in the landscape. But in this space, a battle that literally plays out on Mountains and in the halls of political power, Sharwood sounds a warning against tilting towards extremes.
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Karen Manton’s The Curlew's Eye
Greta and Joel have a good life travelling with their boys, they go where the work is and enjoy the adventure of the road. As they return to the land where Joel grew up Greta looks forward to a more stable existence, perhaps somewhere they can settle. The homestead is on an isolated property in the Northern Territory, a burnout house surrounded by the skeletons of old cars. Joel’s there to build and to prepare the land for sale, and he seems to want to ignore the tragedy that happened there in his childhood. Greta too is avoiding her own hometown and secrets. But in this new place she’s conscious that she is an outsider in the landscape; she has her stories, but the land has its own. Join me as we discover Karen Manton ’s The Curlew's Eye...
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